New Product Announcement: Modal Electronics add COBALT8X Synthesiser & COBALT8M to the Family

New Product Announcement: Modal Electronics add COBALT8X Synthesiser & COBALT8M to the Family

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Modal Electronics and CMI Music & Audio are excited to announce new additions to the COBALT family, the 61 keyboard version COBALT8X and the desktop/rack version COBALT8M.

Building on the tradition of warm and punchy analogue-style synth sounds, conceived by legendary synthesisers from the past, COBALT8X and COBALT8M unlock the full creative potential of analogue waveforms

On top of the innovative oscillator engine of the COBALT8, it has a new morphable 4-Pole Ladder Filter. Combined with Modal’s unparalleled modulation options, an inspiring real-time / step sequencer, an arpeggiator, MPE, studio-quality effects and MODALapp integration.



  • Polyphony: True 8 voice polyphonic
  • Oscillators: 64 high-resolution virtual-analogue oscillators, up to 8 per voice
    Two independent and self-contained oscillator groups with sine, pulse, triangle, sawtooth waveforms
    34 different algorithms including: complex analogue synthesis techniques, built-in cross modulation (SYNC, RM, and many more), PWM, smooth morphing between VA waves, bit crushing, filtered noise
  • Filter: Four-Pole Morphable Ladder Filter with Resonance and four switchable configurations
    Resonance and Balanced Filter Mode
  • Modulation: Three dedicated envelope generators for AMP, MOD and FILTER that can be accessed independently or all three simultaneously including negative (reverse) versions for MOD and FILTER ENVs
    Three audio-rate LFO’s with tempo sync (two poly, one global) with seven different shapes
    Eight assignable modulation slots and four additional fixed modulation routings for common assignments with 12 modulation sources and 55 modulation destinations
  • Sequencer and Arpeggiator: Realtime sequencer with 512 notes with polyphonic mode and four recordable/editable parameter animations (Delay FX, LFO’s, sequencer and arpeggiator can be either clocked internally or externally)
    Built-In sophisticated programmable arpeggiator of 32 steps with rest capability with up to 2048 steps before repeating.
    100 sequences that can be linked to any patch for quickly loading arrangements
  • FX: 100 presets which includes three incredibly powerful independent and user-configurable stereo FX engines for Chorus, Phaser, Flanger (Pos), Flanger (Neg), Tremolo, LoFi, Rotary, Stereo Delay, Ping-Pong Delay, X-Over Delay and Reverb that can be arranged in any order
  • Controls and Performance: COBALT8XPremium FATAR TP/9S 61-note Keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch
    29 endless encoders, 24 buttons
    Four-axis joystick that can be assigned to a huge range of modulation destinations and virtually ‘locked’ when desired
    Multiple keyboard modes (Mono, Poly, Unison 2, Unison 4, Unison 8, Stack 2 and Stack 4)
    Glide/Portamento with both legato and staccato modes
  • User Memory: 500 full editable patches and ships with 300 factory programs
    Eight Quick Recall slots accessible from the panel for quickly loading your favourite patches
  • Free MODALapp Software editor for macOS, Windows, iOS and AndroidMODALplugin to access COBALT8 within your Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), with VST3 and AU versions available

More info available via the Modal Website:


Shipment due in December

Expect to pay:

COBALT8X SSP $1699.00

COBALT8M SSP $1299.00

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